1

What should we learn from the life of Ezra?



    
    

Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

Community answers are sorted based on votes. The higher the vote, the further up an answer is.

7
Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Ezra was the second of three key leaders to leave Babylon for the reconstruction of Jerusalem. Zerubbabel reconstructed the temple (Ezra 3:8), Nehemiah rebuilt the walls (Nehemiah chapters 1 and 2)...

July 01 2013 2 responses Vote Up Share Report


0
My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Ezra was the famous scribe and the priest descended from Hilkiah the high priest (Ezra 7:1-25). As a priest, he was descended from Zadok and from Phinehas (Ezra 7:1-6). I chose to answer this question, “What should we learn from the life of Ezra?” because in my youth I had memorized Ezra 7:10.

Ezra was the Prepared Priest Ezra 7:1-5
He was—
a Servant and a Master
a Student and an Administrator of the Law
a Supreme authority, and yet a Subordinate
He became—
1 An Interceding Priest who had a Pedigree Ezra 7:1-5. He was a man deeply grieved over the sins of the people (Ezra 9:3; 10:6). Ezra had been in Jerusalem about 4½ months (Ezra 8:31; 10:9) when the officials brought the problem of mixed marriages to his attention (Ezra 9:1-4; see Deut. 7:3-4 also). The sin had plagued Israel before (Judg. 3:5-6) and would again later in the time of Nehemiah and Malachi (Neh 13:23-28; Mal 2:11). Ezra inflicted signs of mourning on himself (cf. Lev 10:6; Isa 50:6; Neh 13:25), fully realizing the gravity of the situation. 

Ezra fell on the ground in front of the temple, crying and praying as a crowd gathered. Certainly, he was a man who spared no pains to bring the people to repentance.

2 An Instructed Scribe who knew the Law Ezra.7:10, 11; Matthew 13:52 "He said to them, 'Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.'"

For ‘Ezra prepared his heart’ (Ezra 7:10) 
to seek the law of the Lord —he searched the Scriptures (Jn 5:39)
to do it —he regulated his life by the Scripture
and to teach its statutes and judgments —he taught the Scriptures to the people
He was a student and as such had a duty to himself to study the will of God as revealed in His Word, that he might hide it in his own heart (Ezra 7:10).

He clearly was THE MAN WHO HONORED SCRIPTURE.

Apply yourself to the Scriptures
and the Scriptures to yourself.

Will H. Houghton espoused the Ezra 7:10 approach, encouraging each of us to:
Lay hold on the Bible until the Bible lays hold on us.

3 An Inspiring Preacher who taught the Law Nehemiah 8:2-5 (He was an interpreter with a duty to his own generation in teaching his fellow exiles what he had learned. In this way he gave the “sense” of the Word (Neh. 8:2-8).)

In summary, who Ezra was and what he became was all based upon the 10th verse of the 7th chapter of Ezra: 

For ‘Ezra prepared his heart’ Ezra 7:10
to seek the law of the Lord: he searched the Scriptures
to do it: he regulated his life by the Scriptures, and to teach its statutes and judgments: He taught the Scriptures to the people.
(He was a student and as such had a duty to himself to study the will of God as revealed in His Word, that he might hide it in his own heart (Ezra 7:10; Ps 119:11.)) He had a strong personal relationship with God, which he drew from to lead the people (Ezr 7:10.) In other words, Ezra was authentic.

May 15 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


Add your Answer

All answers are REVIEWED and MODERATED.
Please ensure your answer MEETS all our guidelines.

What makes a good answer? ▼

A good answer provides new insight and perspective. Here are guidelines to help facilitate a meaningful learning experience for everyone.

  1. Adhere to the eBible Statement of Faith.
  2. Your answer should be complete and stand-alone.
  3. Include supporting arguments, and scripture references if possible. Seek to answer the "why".
  4. Adhere to a proper tone and spirit of love and understanding.
  5. For more info see The Complete Guide to eBible
Header
  1. 4000 characters remaining